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Toronto’s Four Seasons offering luxury private jet tours

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As a way of seeing the world, cruise ships are so last century, so confining, so crowded, so slow. As Samuel Johnson wittily observed, “Being in a ship is being in a prison, with the chance of being drowned.” Today’s faster-paced world voyagers prefer to travel by jet, and Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotels has just introduced its new Private Jet excursions service to let them do so in luxury. An “around the world journey” on the Four Seasons Private Jet flies to places that no cruise ship could ever reach, and in far less time if they could. Adventurous and curious travellers from across the globe are seeking the unique ... Read More »

Doors Open Toronto sports theme for Pan Am/Parapan Am games

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When you consider that Toronto did not exist until the last decade of the eighteenth century, it is truly amazing that a building as splendid as Osgoode Hall (above) should have been built just a few decades later, when the tiny settlement on Lake Ontario was still called York. But the Law Society of Upper Canada erected the imposing neoclassical building between 1829 and 1832, when the town of York consisted of mainly wood-frame houses and had a population of around 10,000. The building has been enlarged and renovated many times since, but remains a wonderful example of late Georgian Palladian-style architecture which would not be out of place in ... Read More »

Workers killed in fall days before new safety laws take effect

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The sad news that two workers have died in a fall from a hydraulic scaffold at a construction site in Toronto comes just days before new regulations come into effect under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The amendments to the Act, which come into effect on April 1, mandate that workers and their supervisors on construction projects must complete a basic safety training program. The amendments specifically deal with fall prevention, though not with reference to scaffolds and swing stages—those suspended platforms commonly used by window washers and other workers on construction sites—which are covered in a separate section of the Act. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the ... Read More »

Sprawl costing U.S. $1 trillion annually: report

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Urban sprawl is very expensive. In the United States, the cost is more than $1 trillion annually in mainly hidden costs. Not only is sprawl expensive for city and national economies, but it is bad for public health and safety. Living in sprawling suburbs costs individual households more in transportation and also puts them at greater risk of being killed in a car accident. These are some of the findings in a new report from a global commission on the economy and climate. The “Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl” was written for the New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy ... Read More »

Toronto chef and craft brewer plan luxury villa hotel in Tuscany

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Tuscany, richest of all the world’s treasuries of art, culture, cuisine and fine living, is where millions of tourists flock to gaze on Michelangelo’s David, and Botticelli’s Primavera; to ponder the beauty of Florence’s famous Duomo, Sienna’s Piazza del Campo and Pisa’s leaning tower. It is the sunny, happy land of rolling hillsides draped in vineyards and olive trees, cypress and lemon, dotted with medieval towers and churches and red-tiled roofs under an azure sky. So many of the world’s most illustrious thinkers, artists, writers and composers were born here: the Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Puccini, to name a few. One of the world’s best loved ... Read More »

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